Resource Politics conference: papers, blogs, pictures, video

Our international conference Resource Politics: transforming pathways to sustainability on 7-9 September brought together a fantastic group of activists and researchers from all over the world. We discussed real-world cases, conceptual ideas and ways to confront political questions about people, nature and ‘resources’ of many kinds.

Here’s an overview of the materials we’ve made available from the conference.

Browse the resources



Video from the conference plenaries (including Betsy Hartmann, Rohan D’Souza, Michael Watts, Johan Rockström and Melissa Leach, and a panel on social justice) and interviews with participants.

Watch the video clips (Resource Politics website)

Resourcepolprog2 copyConference papers

A selection of conference papers are already available to download from the conference website.

More will be posted as we receive them.


storify-logo copyOur conference Storify tells the story of the conference as it unfolded, including words and images taken from participants’ contributions on the Twitter hashtag #resourcepol.

Storify: Resource Politics 2015

Blog posts

A series of comments and reflections by conference participants and organisers.

Democratising innovation, data and knowledge John Thompson
Of tools, discourses and politics: the debate on the Anthropocene and Planetary Boundaries Jonas Torrens
From ‘friendship’ to ‘entanglement’: researchers and transformation Ruth Segal
The politics of Nature in the Anthropocene Kathleen McAfee
Have oil companies learned from the Niger Delta crisis?
Resource Politics: living in the Anthropocene Ian Scoones
Green Economy and the ‘growth fetish’: what are the alternatives? Kathleen McAfee

raquel2 copyGraphic panels

The illustrator Raquel Durán created a series of large pictures during our four plenary sessions, providing a visual record of the discussion. You can view them or download high-resolution versions via our Flickr gallery.

Gallery: Graphic illustrations (Flickr)

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View a set of photos from the conference, taken by Lance Bellers.

Gallery: Resource Politics photos (Flickr)


rp-engagement-200Engagement: participants’ stories

We asked conference participants to tell us where, how and with whom they ‘engaged’ in their research and/or activism around resource politics.

Browse the stories

About the conference

The international conference Resource Politics: transforming pathways to sustainability was held at the Institute of Development Studies from 7-9 September 2015. View the conference programme.

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